Spenceville: A Yuba Trails & Tales Series
Category: Nature & Outdoors
Guided By: Hank Meals & Hiking For Good
Location: Spenceville, CA
Available Dates: March 3, 2019
Approximate Time: 6 Hours
Cost Per Person: $45
Join passionate pedestrian Hank Meals on this Yuba Trails and Tales adventure into the heart of Spenceville Wildlife and Recreation Area, the first in a monthly series offered by Hiking For Good and Outlandish Experiences.
Spenceville Recreation Area is the largest publicly owned tract of blue oak – gray pine woodland habitat in the North Central Sierra foothills. It contains 11,942 acres, extending 10 miles from north to south and up to 4.5 miles east to west. Straddling the western boundary of Nevada County and the eastern boundary of Yuba County, the wildlife area is bordered on the west by Beale Air Force Base and on the north, south, and east by privately owned ranches and parcels.
Managed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife, Spenceville is located within the Dry Creek drainage, which joins the Bear River near Wheatland. There are numerous ponds, creeks, trails and riparian zones. This special place of rolling hills under a big sky offers lots of trails with little climbing.
“The best hiking here is in the winter after it gets green and in the spring when wildflowers are blooming,” said Hank.
Besides the beautiful blue oak-savannah ecosystem, the recreation area is rich with evidence of human history – bedrock mortars, the Beale legacy, early townsites, and an important transportation corridor.
Hank Meals is known for his extensive and intimate knowledge of his habitat. A prolific writer and author of several books on hiking trails in the Yuba Watershed, Hank shares information, stories and discoveries about the topography, natural history and culture of the Yuba River basin in the Sierra Nevada of California. He is a capable researcher, an experienced photographer, an avid hiker and a treasured trail guide. Read Hank’s blog at: yubatreadhead.blogspot.com
Laura (Hiking for Good) is an experienced hiking guide (wilderness first aid certified) and outdoor writer with a passion for the people and places of Northern California.
Hank Meal’s Yuba Trails & Tales Series , exclusive to Hiking For Good & Outlandish Experiences, will explore different cultural landscapes at different elevations within the Yuba, Bear and American River Watersheds each month in 2019.
Where To Meet
The map provided on this page is not the exact meeting location and should be used for approximate event locale. Detailed meeting place and logistics will be emailed to participants after registration is completed.
Safety, Restrictions, and Cancellations
This experience welcomes people of all ages, however, children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Experiences purchased may be transferable with at least 48 hours’ notice. In the event your guide cancels, be sure to email us and, upon approval, a full refund will be issued within one week. See our Terms of Service for more information.
BRING: Water and snacks. Optional but recommended: camera, your favorite field guide (we recommend John Muir Laws The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada), a journal and writing instrument. Please bring anything else you need to have a safe, fun, comfortable experience.
WEAR: Dress appropriately for the weather in warm layers. Sturdy walking shoes with decent tread are essential. Gloves and hat are recommended.
DIFFICULTY: This is a moderate 3-6-mile walk on an earthen path. Please contact your guide if there are any health or mobility issues we should be aware of.